Yellow-Faced Tiger (AKA, Slaughter in San Francisco; 1974, Hong Kong; filmed in San Francisco). Director: Lo Wei. Action directors: Chin Yuet-Sang & Lam Ching-Ying.
My reason for posting this to this thread is as a curiosity, especially for any Chuck Norris fans who may be unaware that he appeared in a second Hong Kong movie after Bruce Lee’s Way of the Dragon. Here he played the crime boss of San Francisco.
Yellow-Faced Tiger was also the second film appearance (and first starring role) for Wong Tao (AKA Don Wong), who later went on to star in numerous kung fu films in Taiwan throughout the rest of the ‘70s and into the ‘80s. Obviously, Wong Tao improved considerably in his later films (a great example is Death Duel of Kung Fu, posted on page 12 of this thread). Early on, he was so wild that he had to practice slowing his hands down in front of people’s faces to avoid hitting them, because he lacked control.
There is no denying this was a bad movie. But considering that Wong Tao was literally given NO preparation, and had no training as an actor, nor how to use his martial arts for the screen (he was a Tae Kwon Do black belt), and that he was thrown into the deep end, he didn’t do bad at all. Wong Tao’s father, George Wang, had acted in Italian spaghetti westerns, but Wong Tao himself was not an actor beforehand. The movie being bad was not Wong Tao’s fault, but scriptwriter and director Lo Wei’s.
As bad as this movie was, amazingly, it contained some of Chuck Norris’s best acting performances. His facial expressions and body language in his non-fighting scenes actually appeared more natural than in anything else he did for the rest of his career, which is bizarre, but not exactly sad; right now, Chuck is worth about $70 million.
Note: Someone overdubbed the clip with Russian(?), but fortunately, there’s barely any speaking in the clip.
Final fight: Wong Tao vs henchmen (Chin Yuet-Sang, Lam Ching-Ying, Lee King-Chu, Pan Yung-Sheng, etc., etc.); Wong Tao vs Chuck Norris: